Top places to live in Worcestershire Worcester
Does your 'move from the city' checklist demand stand-out schools, a historic city centre and an easy commute? Then Worcester might just have it all, and with easy access to rolling hills to boot. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
An ancient cathedral city that’s buzzing with fun stuff to do all year round and an array of independent shops, boutiques and cafes. Worcester has micro ‘areas’ within it such as Tolly, the Brickies, The ‘Don, Barbourne and St Johns, all with their own special character. The place is steeped in history – the pretty half timber-framed buildings are a legacy of its past – but they sit check-by-check with ultra-modern facilities such as The Hive, a state of the art £30m library and arts centre. ‘The Woo’ as locals call Worcester also loves a good festival. You won’t be bored here with a ton of them to dip in to, from Worcestershire LitFest and Worcester Foodie Festival to the famous Worcester Motor Festival.
Mac & Jac’s Cafe on historic Friar Street bakes artisan tarts, cakes and pastries in-house daily and does delicious brunches. Hang out at Saffron’s Bistro for relaxed and rustic dining and at the Lamb & Flag for great pub food and the newly opened Il Sugo right near the cathedral for Italian with a modern twist.
From the lovely indy shops in the ancient cobbled streets close to the centre, Friar Street, to the melting pot of national chains in Cathedral Square, retail rovers will be in their element. Petal and Pad is a gorgeous go-to for lifestyle and homewares, the boutique even features a Flower Bar for picking your own blooms. Cornucopia – Muddy Stilettos’ Best Interiors Store 2021 – is a great stop for hand-decor and gifts and Stripes is family-run, elegant fashion boutique replicating the beautiful clothing stores of Paris and Copenhagen, packed with luxury fashion.
The Swan Theatre pulls in crowds with a year-round calendar of shows and the sports-mad will love it here with cricket at New Road, Horse Racing at Pitchcroft and Rugby at Sixways, home to the Worcester Warriors. Visit the historic National Trust Greyfriars’ House in the centre of the city and 20 minutes away is the stunning 18th century Croome Court with its acres of parkland.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Good value. Properties in Worcester had an overall average price of £264,484 in 2021. The majority of sales were detached properties, selling for an average price of £367,492. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £238,578, with terraced properties fetching £213,851.
Worcester has an enviable number of stand-out schools. Among them is Abberley Hall School, a day and boarding co-ed for ages 2 to 13 in an idyllic Swallows and Amazons setting. The excellent King’s School and popular Royal Grammar dominate too – both of which have pre-prep and prep schools allowing children to stay at the same school from ages 3 to 18.
BEST KEPT SECRET
You don’t have to love cricket to live here but it helps. It’s a wicket-lover’s nirvana here being home to one of the most famous grounds in the country, Worcestershire County Cricket Club. And, Worcester Sauce is still made here too, walk down Midland Road and inhale! You can smell the aroma coming from the factory that makes it here.
Ideally placed being a short hop from Junctions 6 and 7 of the M5, plus there are two stations in the centre of the city, Shrub Hill and Foregate Street and a new station, Parkway, which whisk you into London in one hour and 58 minutes.
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